This semester at Woodmen Roberts with the Teacher Librarian Mrs. Barton, Counselor Mrs. Berry, Teacher Candidate Ms. Carrera, our students studied Martin Luther King, Jr. to begin a dialogue about dreams. Many students wanted to think about their own personal dreams. We shifted the discussion to “what do you dream for your future world?” We then read “Dream Keepers” by Langston Hughes. The students used paper to draft their dreams. Students surprised us with their profound answers.  Next we brought in cloth that was cut into twelve inch squares. We covered the tables with butcher paper, taped the cloth down and set out permanent markers for the students to complete their Dream Flags. Students were excited and creative. One third grader wrote “I dream to end famine” and drew pictures of an empty bowl and full bowl. After a classmate wanted to dream about people never dying, a group of 1st graders had a discussion about zero population growth (of course, they did not use those words).  One student brought about the fact that it would get really  crowded, one discussed that there are always more babies being born, the original student decided to dream about better medicine. Dreams were about world peace, ending wild fires, more rain, more trees/nature, cures for cancer, no more drugs, no more wars/less fighting, no more animal abuse, better zoos, happiness for everyone, ending the “One Child” policy in China, and money that grows on trees. The end results was awe-inspiring. To learn more about this global project, visit dreamflags.org.

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  1. May 27, 2014 at 1:08 am

    I really enjoy the dream flag project! I agree that some students give REALLY profound dreams. I give mine a vaguer prompt (what are your dreams?)

    Some of them go global, others stay very personal. We get dreams of graduating from college, making their parents proud, being a good sister or becoming a mother.

    You can see some of the flag smy students made here: http://eslcarissa.blogspot.mx/2013/12/itesms-inaugural-dream-flags.html

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